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and lindsey france. against the distant cries of anti-war protesters barack obama has pulled back from ordering a strike against syria at least for now the u.s. president has decided to ask congress which doesn't reconvene for over a week to give its backing for a war which he says needs to be launched obama wants to punish damascus for its alleged use of chemical weapons but still has not publicly presented proof to back up his accusations and international opposition towards an attack is mounting as maria porn i reports. obama said although he does believe that he has the authority to carry out a military attack without approval from congress he feels that the country would be strengthened by a public debate on the matter now the u.s. leader says that he feels absolutely comfortable carrying out a military attack against syria without the approval of the u.n. security council according to international law and he and a military strike taken needs approval from the security council and
a resolution to be adopted but u.s. officials believe that any security draft resolution allowing for the use of force against syria would be vetoed by russia and or china now obama says washington's planned military strike against the mask is not time sensitive meaning it could happen one week from now or one month from now but ultimately the u.s. president says that the syrian government of bashar al assad will pay consequences for allegedly using chemical weapons after careful deliberation i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets and should not be an open ended intervention we would not put boots on the ground. instead it would be designed to be limited duration and scope the white house released assessment of the use of chemical weapons on august twenty first and a countless amount of experts were not convinced by the intelligence that's been
presented nowhere in the report to the us confirmed that assad the assad government used chemical weapons instead the four page report used were being such as we assess with high confidence or multiple streams of intelligence indicate that this week also saw america's major ally britain opting out of military intervention in syria and nato also said it would not be participating in a potential military strike in the meantime the u.n. investigation team that recently returned from damascus has announced that atta lising the samples from the site of the alleged syria come syrian chemical attack will take up to three weeks and many countries as well as the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon have asked that no military action be taken before u.n. experts present their conclusion u.s. officials say the president made a last minute decision to seek the approval of lawmakers obama originally intended
to decide on military action against syria without congressional consent the president's under public pressure on the home front as most americans don't appear to share his confidence that a military attack is necessary over half of those americans who took part in a reuters poll said they don't want any kind of u.s. involvement in syria only twenty percent are in favor asked whether assad should be attacked if he's implicated in the use of chemical weapons less than thirty percent said yes obama maintains he wants a limited military strike with no u.s. boots on the ground but political analyst phyllis bennis says things could change quickly as the situation in the war zone escalates. he was prepared to go without a united nations resolution which of course would make any military strike illegal but he was counting on certainly the brits he was counting on the u.k. to come on board i think he was quite blindsided by that decision by the british parliament and then to find out that nato said no and that the arab league said no
france isn't quite enough as an international ally i think all of that plus the fact that almost two hundred members of congress have signed letters in recent days demanding that there be some consultation with congress the whole question of what happens the day after is not on the agenda we can say all we want our intention is a narrow targeted strike just a day or two this is not a major major military campaign well it's not a major kill military campaign until it is what is of course syria tries to retaliate against one of the u.s. warships that are off the syrian coast what if it tries to shoot down a u.s. plane what if it retaliates against israel what if it attacks a u.s. base in one of the neighboring countries all of these things would be then met by greater u.s. retaliate we can't assume that the u.s. would take the position we didn't intend this to be more than a couple days we're not going to respond they would certainly respond and that
threatens the whole possibility of the united states being pulled directly into this very complicated civil war inside syria so whatever happens it's going to be the people of syria who pay the final price. in anticipation of an order to strike american naval forces have been massing in the mediterranean off the syrian coast five destroyers are ready to take part in the assault and an amphibious assault ship with hundreds of marines on board is also joined up officials stress the troops are merely there as a precaution and with no plans to deploy them in syria the destroyers pack some serious firepower each of them carries up to ninety tomahawk cruise missiles they can strike syria from a safe distance while dealing massive damage to the country and in response to the u.s. deployment damascus says it's on full combat alert artie's maria if an ocean joins us live now from the syrian capital hi there maria now if you could give us an idea what's the feeling right now. that people in damascus are facing at this point.
well many here in syria spend such a day evening in front of the t.v. sets listening to a speech and that was that's rare moment when local broadcasters both providence state were united and there were no longer rivals they were sharing signal delivering the message from the white house and therefore a bomber was in every house and in every shop and in every hotel here in damascus and that was in fact a very dramatic moment when the taller nation was weighed tain what the decision will be regarding their country and whether they will be attacked that night and i followed obama's message from the white house i was in with the syrians and i had a very good opportunity a chance to see their vivid reaction to their to read their faces and to see all the developments of the emotions and feelings that i have to say that if at the
beginning of a bomb a speech people were nervous and would tans and of course were frightened obviously what i saw at the end of the message from america was relief what i saw in people's eyes because the president said that the u.s. should take a minute to response to chemical weapons use that could happen tomorrow next week or next month but he'll see congress' approval for attack in syria and that manned delay for everybody here and many here to get as legs a strategy they say congress is unlikely to approve military action against syria so this strike they've been waiting for. for several days and they this pressure they been leavin. first announced a possible strike against syria they can now forget about that at least for some
time because. even if congress does approve it is not going to happen. this night or to morrow or any time soon that was the major feeling among syrians here and another feeling among those who actually want to see america striking syria was regret the disappointment and because they to. administration decision as a witness so. that about ordinary people i can say that syrian officials were sharing in these emotions and these feelings and this is what the whole country is feeling now relieved triumph. in some way and witness. all right our team is maria for now she has there in the syrian capital for us president putin has questioned the existence of u.s.
evidence that assad's forces used chemical weapons calling the claims utter nonsense he also warned barack obama against military action urging him to think of the possible civilian victims r t schon thomas joins me now from our hi there xan now now tell me what was this was almost a challenge to the u.s. from from the russian leader was it not well it certainly has been a very busy week here in moscow with the kremlin urging caution towards western intervention saying that they cannot wait it's been russia's position all along that we should wait until the u.n. has completed their assignment and done the investigation that has happened they are now out of the country now we have to wait for the results of that but on saturday in volleyball stock president putin addressed reporters and had a very clear message and some harsh words to say he said the idea of the assad regime using chemical weapons at this point is nonsense given the missions on the ground there he urged the president not just as
a president president obama that is but as a nobel laureate winner of the peace prize the nobel peace prize to consider what his actions would be on the ground in syria if more lives being lost would really be a way towards peace he said that again the idea of chemical weapons being used ridiculous using strong words there but he said that of course russia is against the idea of chemical weapons but in this case we have to wait for the u.n. we have to act in accordance with international law and that any unilateral decision from the west to move in militarily would be against the law here very strong words this is what he had to say. when it comes to the stance of our american partners friends who are insisting that syrian forces have used w m d's in this case chemical weapons and stating to have proof they should demonstrate that
proof to the un inspectors and the security council. that the proof exists that cannot be shown to you to secrecy to not stand up to criticisms it's disrespectful to america's global partners if there is proof it has to be shown it is not shown it doesn't exist. and president putin said that he was surprised but pleasantly so by the u.k.'s decision to move a vote to the parliament to decide whether the u.k. would go to war in intervene militarily in syria he said that while he was surprise it is a clear indication that there are rational minds at play in the government's fear now the world is waiting as obama has sent the same idea to congress to see if that same spirited debate that took place in the u.k. this past week will happen in the united states as well. thomas thank you very much . coming up
a plague of windmills germany's reno evolution annoys red eyed farmers forced to live alongside the constant did of power turbines springing up all across the countryside that's story and much more after a very short break. what i mean here is of course the bailout in the united states with eighty five percent of the population being strongly against it and i don't think even you know the democratic institutions and the will of the people would prevent the government from actually implementing you know we have created a system that is against the will of the people that is too big to fail we've jailed no bankers that committed these heinous acts which destroyed trillions of dollars of wealth and so it does bring into question the very strength of democracy right now i would argue that it's quite weak.
right to see. the first strike. and i think that you're. on a reporter's. instrument. to be in. greece faces a battle with international lenders over control of the country's assets following suggestions it could need another ten billion euro rescue package to fulfill its financial obligations to the european union the two thousand and eight crisis lead to a request for one hundred ten barrel a one hundred ten bill. again you're a loan from the e.u.
in return greece introduced us thirty measures and another one hundred thirty billion followed shortly the beginning of the turmoil saw public debt rocket to one hundred twenty nine percent of g.d.p. and the extra aid boosted that by more than a quarter author and journalist r. is chance to follow believes athens has become addicted to being rescued and must default to begin its recovery what happened during the last two or three years during the so-called salvation period it was that greece became keil for foreign intervention and foreign help it's simply impossible anymore during the three hundred twenty billion saying it was impossible even in two thousand and nine everybody knew that but they wanted to bring greece into the strap that help only foreign banks especially in germany france and some other countries the only shouldn't be too soon now it's to be foreigners having the greek people in control of their procedure eurozone creates deficits and debts to the european very very
well at the same time create their pieces to the european core so we were saying from two thousand and nine two thousand and ten that we should leave the eurozone again in our therapist and not in terms seen posed by berlin brussels or any other place in europe be destroyed again the infrastructure of the greek economy not only of the greek economy the same thing happened in spain portugal and ireland all of the countries. took the straight jacket off. of the monetary union. my colleague kevin owen discussed the mounting greek debt with our t.v. of our peers going off as well as a number of international experts earlier this week it took a look at where the money is going and who would helps. quite a lot of people are being affected these layoffs clearly are aimed mainly at the public sector and the public sector traditionally is the foundation of the greek economy and that's why so many people are taking to the streets to protest
these madness let's go to our friends kind of go to. we've spoken to many times before every time we've talked about the huge amounts the billions being poured into greece meant to nationalize it is. illegal there you seen it first hand that you know the guys he's talking to at least a pretty depressed they don't see the light at the end of the tunnel you're enough is what's your view well it is obvious by now the. whole scenario adopted for greece has been like as a straw for. this by those huge huge bailout loans greek debt. very high have reached peak over three hundred and twenty one billion euros did so that means that we're much worse than when the debt crisis started the bailouts were bad the bailouts were carolan new set of european studies in brussels. was it pouring good money after bad you think you're a proponent of the bailout but darn it it would have been much worse much worse
situation i don't think from greece you have to look very far you simply look to bulgaria for example to see i mean the whole much worse it could have been still today living standards in reserve are higher than they are in bulgaria is greece were to have left the euro zone and that's why men favor all further note i think it's a disastrous idea once you realized you've made a mistake you should stop doing it it is very simple the bailout is not helping the greek people we've just seen the images of people homeless people living in shelters losing their jobs cannot pay the rent their pension funds are disappearing now the bailout money is not aimed to help the greek people it is a. huge rescue package for bags just because who has benefited who has. the most not the banks but i think germany has benefited most from the euro zone that's why some of you was campaigning staying within the euro zone and that's why merkel has forty percent of the legal rights because germany is thriving germany exports all over europe and they are how they this is a big interest in having
a stable currency zone. i can only say he is looking at the completely wrong end of the stick so. the euro was a political project it never had before mental starting. supporting the political decision not the economy. or other stories you won't find on air head to our team dot com right now you can learn about the breakthrough discovery of a so-called trojan asteroids its orbit is near the planet your anus over two billion kilometers further from the sun then political asteroids go online to check out why it was given this ancient greek name in particular. plus more inspections more leaks the fukushima operator at mit's more than one water tank may have been losing heavily contaminated liquid at japan's crippled nuclear power plant we explain the dangers and are to dot com. and to some thrills and spills. now to some thrills and spills from some of the world's finest pilots the max
twenty thirteen air show just outside the russian capital climaxes on sunday has been providing the stage for state of the art aircraft to perform and the billion dollar contracts to be signed this year's event has already broken the show's own records over a thousand companies from forty four countries are taking part and more than three hundred thousand spectators have attended among the headliners as russia's most advanced fifth generation fighter jet the t. fifty and the team of pilots who work wonders with their squadron of helicopters. more news from across the globe it takes quite a bit of luck to avoid something like this a dashboard camera captured the moment a car on a coastal road in thailand taiwan was hit by a landslide and just narrowly avoided being crushed by a giant boulder the massive rock stopped just a few meters from the car with the driver suffering minor injuries taiwan is bracing itself for more downpours as tropical storm kong ray approaches. thousands
of people marched through the mexican capital in protest at the president's energy reform plans peña nieto wants to allow private companies to explore mexico's vast oil and gas reserves but those opposing the move say the president is just seeking to sell off the nation's assets the mexican leader has relatively low approval ratings now and will speak to the nation on monday. around two hundred people demonstrated against same sex marriage in the french capital despite a ban on the march protesters calling themselves the night watchman reached a major public square in central paris to hold an evening vigil police encircled the group until their demonstration was finished this was the last in a twenty day protest marathon throughout france in reaction to gauge unions being made legal. as germany continues its nuclear power phase out in the wake of japan's fukushima disaster plugging the energy gap is proving a tough task and there's now a public storm brewing over the winter vines which are popping up across the
country to meet the demand for power artie's peter all over found out why such an environmentally friendly idea has caused such division. germany's wind farms are spinning out of control that's according to a new generation of don quixote's who feel hung onto dry by a lack of regulation on where windmills can be placed ruffles it's turned into a nightmare for us we came here fourteen years ago and there were just two small wind turbines two years later the reform team since then another sixteen have gone up we moved here for tranquility and they have taken man away from us one of the main problems for people living in this area is the she assignees of the new binds that overshadow their homes come on in the north of going to have been from march until the end of july we have a constant flickering in our kitchens it's very unpleasant you don't even want to breakfast there. germany has plans to increase the amount of energy drawn from the
wind almost three fold over the coming years modern wind turbines are around two hundred meters tall that's roughly double the height of the statue of liberty and they're springing up all across the german countryside this is seen previously nonpolitical people become activists trying to fight against a green energy lobby they feel is out of control and against turbines that they say are causing real damage to human health. these low frequency sounds are just constantly in your hands and you feel it throughout your entire body when i can fall asleep it wakes me up in the night sometimes it feels like you can freeze i have a common playing i'm not going to eat when they're going around it's like there's permanent movement in my peripheral vision i work in this field and i understand that such movement has a real psychological effect on people it's not just that they're told and noisy
these massive new neighbors are also having a huge effect on house prices rocco is trying. to move away from the to his house is being a facade for the last five years without success i'm just on i've already calculated them into the all scheme price and have not half the price so if i've had around fifty people come and look but no takers there's no concrete law in germany restricting where when to buy ins can be built meaning in some cases they can spring up just two hundred fifty meter is for residential areas but the same must apply if. he can be like this forever i don't want to leave but these noises make me sick but there have been times that i've sat in front of my house and cry. those cries being heard in the corridors of power though all the major parties in the upcoming election all stressing their commitment continuing jim in his race towards
renewables which means more we mills peter all of the artsy chairman. it's almost time for the latest edition of worlds apart with oksana boyko here in our team that go away. sometimes it seems like in the face of giant corporations people are just sort of helpless i could be pretty pessimistic myself about what a few individuals with no real money or power can really do against the system but you never dull in fact if you remember tour discussion about ammonia doused pink slime being used across america and frozen fast foods well shift jamie oliver has actually managed to shame mcdonald's enough on t.v. to get them to back down and stop using this ultra processed form of quote meat at their establishments also we recently discussed gamer rage at the rather racist
portrayal of russians in the game company of heroes two well all the rage actually worked and thanks to the seventeen thousand signatures on the. org petition the game has been pulled from russian shelves by the developer the thing is that massive corporations do a lot of bad things because they have no morals and are obsessed with profit but because they have no morals and are only obsessed with profit the second you even slightly threaten their cash will they will instantly start cowering at your feet sometimes but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to worlds apart because of the soviet union it was widely perceived as a historic triumph and validation of capitalism only to see it and major crisis
less than two decades later and while the number of those who are forced to buy the bullet by the recent crisis is comparable to those left will by the crash upon me as he could tickle analysis of flaws and merits of capitalist system is still fairly rare well to attempt to do just that i'm now joined by jeffrey summers an associate professor of political economy at the university of wisconsin in milwaukee thank you very much for your time mr summers i know that you are a frequent guest here in moscow and you are on today you will be speaking on the waterways the world off to the end of american imperialism beach i think is a kind of topic that will certainly resonate with many people in moscow but i assume that for many americans it's not just a provocative topic some may perceive that as simply and patch are already on the part well you know i thought that patriotism is rather weak in the united states today but i think americans are very weary they're not particularly patriotic right
know and they feel under a great deal of stress and so they're not really thinking in terms of pitch. it is in the way that they once did especially during the cold war you know i think that there are a couple of words in the political science vocabulary imperialism being one of them that are sort of dirty i mean the ones who use them you raise being classified as well conspiracy theories there may be an american hater but as far as i understand your main message is not so much about the if america is a great nation but rather the end of third policies by the united states government that you view as no longer sustainable yes definitely and in fact i also find the term somewhat problematic because it's very value laden as you suggest but what i'm very concerned about is the introduction of these austerity policies frankly which have been the primary response of not only the u.s. government but also of the european union to their crisis and these policies seem
to be spreading globally as a response to this crisis in the united states the european union and increasingly the world and i think it's very dangerous because my wife so we've done this once before you know the famous american literary figure mark twain once used to say that history doesn't repeat itself but it certainly rhymes well in the one nine hundred thirty s. and actually in one thousand nine hundred s. as well we had governments in germany japan and italy all try austerity policies in response to crises which they experienced and with all of them within a couple of years they opted for military fascist regimes as responses so you see it is something that people. radicalization of political class that in the fact that you also had radical nationalists within their respective militaries who were not happy with just how much their nations were being weakened so i'm not suggesting that we'll see an exact repartee.